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Today's News

  • Creswell new Roane Alliance CEO

    Wade Creswell will be the next president and CEO of The Roane Alliance.

    The organization’s board of directors selected him to succeed Leslie Henderson, who is retiring at the end of March.

    “I’m super excited about it,” Creswell said. “It’s a great opportunity. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to make a great difference in my community.”

    Henderson announced her retirement last year.

    Creswell said he looked into the job and became intrigued.

  • False alarm? You may be paying for it in Rockwood

    First reading of a Rockwood ordinance creating a permit requirement for alarm systems in the city and charging a penalty for excessive false alarms passed unanimously last week.

    “We have times where we get swamped by false alarms,” said Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright.

    “A lot of times we’re going to a house or business or the fire department is answering them where we have no idea who a responsible party is, whether we need to make entry if it is a medical alarm or not, somebody to get a-hold of,” Wright said.

  • Harriman charter changes to be up for discussion Tues.

    Whenever Harriman officials start talking about changing the city’s charter, even minor tweaks can spark debate.

    Harriman City Council is supposed to tackle the charter change discussion once again this Tuesday at its 7 p.m. meeting.

    Councilman Buddy Holley will present changes he’s made to a draft of the charter for the rest of council to consider.

    Likely to be discussed is making city treasurer and city attorney appointed posts. Both are presently elected.

  • County zoning request responses mixed

    Several zoning resolutions were on the agenda at last month’s Roane County Commission meeting.

    J. Baker Hamilton owns 162 acres of woodland along Roane State Hwy. across from Roane County Park. He wants to market the property as commercial and requested that it be rezoned from low-density residential to highway commercial.

    The planning commission approved the request in December. The commission approved it at the January meeting.

  • Sampson: Pain pill addiction problem almost ‘epidemic’

    Methamphetamine labs are one of the hot topics right now, but prescription pill abuse is one of the biggest drug problems in the state.

    “In fact, prescription and over-the-counter drugs are, after marijuana (and alcohol), the most commonly abused substances by Americans 14 and older,” according to the website www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/prescription-drugs.

    Harriman Councilman J.D. Sampson wants to meet in a council workshop with state legislators and District Attorney Russell Johnson on how to curb the abuse.

  • Lowe’s worker charged with identity theft

    Harriman police charged a Lowe’s employee with identify theft last month.

    Ali Nelson is accused of attempting to open a Lowe’s credit card account in her ex-husband’s name.

    According to the arrest warrant, Michael Court contacted Harriman police about the matter on Jan. 9.

    “The victim said he recently received a notice from credit reporting agency Experian that someone attempted to open a credit card in his name at Lowe’s in Harriman, but the account was denied,” the warrant said.

  • Election 2014: Candidates and potential hopefuls

    Qualifying petitions FILED for candidacy in the Aug. 7 Roane County General Election or state primary:

    BOARD OF EDUCATION
    District 1 (1 seat)

    • Sam Doughty¶
    District 5/6 (1 seat)

    • Vic King*

    CIRCUIT COURT CLERK
    • Randy Ellis

    CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE
    • Kim R. Nelson¶

    COUNTY ATTORNEY
    • Greg Leffew¶

  • Bingo for Books

    B-14 ...

    “Do I have it?” Cade Harrison asks his father.

    I-28 ...

    “Do I have it?” the 4-year-old again asks.

    G-48 ...

    “Do I have it?”

    Matt Harrison replies to his son’s question the same as the first two times — with the shake of his head.

    The father and son were among those participating in Dyllis Springs Elementary School’s Bingo for Books night.

  • Blue Devils swept by Grace Christian

     

    By JACE GREENE

    Roane Newspapers

    School may have been out Thursday, but that didn't stop the Harriman Blue Devils from lacing up their sneakers and taking on the Rams of Grace Christian. 

  • Cherokee advances to Area 4-AAA title game

     

    The Cherokee Yellow Jackets earned a berth in last Friday’s Area 4-AAA Championship Game Thursday evening by knocking off North Middle, 41-30.

    Thursday’s victory also secured Mike Snow’s squad a spot in the TMSAA East Tennessee AAA Sectional Tournament that is being played this week in Sevierville.